Comic 304 - Level Difference

9th Mar 2015, 2:06 PM in Chapter Five
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304 - Level Difference
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rufiangel 9th Mar 2015, 2:06 PM edit delete
rufiangel
Happy Monday!

Things are starting to uncoil pretty fast, huh? Let's hope I can keep up! >_<)/

Have a great start to the week, and catch you all on Wednesday! :)

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(Please click to go to the DA journal entry that describes this in more detail :) There are also side-by-side panel comparisons in this journal if you'd like to see the difference between the old and redrawn strips!)

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Comments:

Rinkel 9th Mar 2015, 2:16 PM edit delete reply
Rinkel
Aaaaah I hope Cain can keep it together! This battle looks incredibly stressful for him >.<
rufiangel 9th Mar 2015, 11:08 PM edit delete reply
rufiangel
Awww, no worries - it's all growing pains~! ;D I think...
Seabiscuit 9th Mar 2015, 2:19 PM edit delete reply
Seabiscuit
Ohh, those blue panels are so very lovely. :D
Was gonna say Sho really stepped his game up, but, of course...Buffs. The quality of the buffs. Pfft!

Gosh poor Cain really has a lot on his plate here!
(Reminds me of priesting in ragnarok before you could heal/buff through the party window....*cough*)
rufiangel 9th Mar 2015, 11:09 PM edit delete reply
rufiangel
Oh yay, I'm glad the blue panels worked out! XD; <3

Yeah, it's all about 'em buffs~ though Sho may have improved his speed one way or another, too... though Nemi's still faster, base-stats-wise. :)

I actually didn't know you could heal/buff through the party window in RO either, hahaha. Pray tell XD
Seabiscuit 9th Mar 2015, 11:18 PM edit delete reply
Seabiscuit
Heheheh. They added it in a long time ago. I was gonna say not long ago but then I remembered it's 2015 now...2012 maybe??
You use your heal/buff/whatever bind and then press it on the player name in the party list. Oh my goood it made things SO much easier in a huge party where you can't see what's going on!O:
rufiangel 10th Mar 2015, 2:14 AM edit delete reply
rufiangel
TIME FLIES O_O

Ohhhh, so that's what you meant! I thought for a second you could like... type it into the window, that would have been so cool XD;; Dangit. But that said, this is a useful tip to know as well! :D Thanks for sharing seamuffin <3
Crestlinger 9th Mar 2015, 2:22 PM edit delete reply
Fledgling: Flapflapflap -Cain
Majestic eagle of Freedom: FLAP! -Ren
CiciEnixa 9th Mar 2015, 2:35 PM edit delete reply
CiciEnixa
This made me laugh way harder than it should have :,D
rufiangel 9th Mar 2015, 11:10 PM edit delete reply
rufiangel
Ahahahahaha XDDD

To be fair, Cain's buff is a decent one. It's really just a mark of how powerful Ren's spells are.
Kaiki83 9th Mar 2015, 2:28 PM edit delete reply
@seabiscuit I never knew you could do that on RO. How can you do it through the party window?
mjkj 9th Mar 2015, 2:36 PM edit delete reply
mjkj
Awwwww...

Poor Nemi *hugs her* you can do it, Nemi, go, get him - and get the soul crystal!

Hmmm, Cain, keep it together and heal both and boost Mike...

I guess, next update we zoom in on Kylie?

rufiangel 9th Mar 2015, 11:12 PM edit delete reply
rufiangel
Hmmm, people are fairly optimistic. XD; I wonder if I didn't drop enough hints about what this chapter is going to be like?

Cain's trying, maybe a little too hard. :P

And next update, we're actually going to get a quick update on what the Raiz is doing in his pool. I mean, everyone wants to know what he's up to, right? :D
Spelledeg 10th Mar 2015, 12:21 AM edit delete reply
Spelledeg
I NEED, absolutely need to know what the Raiz is doing. That's significantly more important than Cain's flaily thinking. <3...</3
rufiangel 10th Mar 2015, 2:11 AM edit delete reply
rufiangel
XDDD Noted, Spellu~~~ lolol XDDD
mjkj 10th Mar 2015, 12:25 AM edit delete reply
mjkj
Yeah, like the hints that renault is not madou...

rufiangel 10th Mar 2015, 2:11 AM edit delete reply
rufiangel
Hahahaha, what cheek! You go stand in the naughty corner while I kill everyone off. :P
mjkj 10th Mar 2015, 6:12 AM edit delete reply
mjkj
You can not. I rolled a die for you to succeed 1d20 said 6, so you really can not succeed :p ^_^'
rufiangel 10th Mar 2015, 10:38 AM edit delete reply
rufiangel
Oh, you mean you rolled a 6 for your Perception roll, while you stand in the corner. :P

(As a side-note, I just rolled a d20 and I got a 16. Sorry Mjkj. XD)
mjkj 11th Mar 2015, 5:22 PM edit delete reply
mjkj
Awwwwww...

*sniff*

*stands in corner sulking*

Alicia 9th Mar 2015, 2:37 PM edit delete reply
Alicia
AH! THIS DOESN'T LOOK GOOD!

...I mean the PAGE looks good, but it doesn't look good FOR THEM. You know what I mean. lol
rufiangel 9th Mar 2015, 11:13 PM edit delete reply
rufiangel
XD <3 Aww Alicia! LOL, YESH, I know what you mean XDD thank you!!

Your new avatar GIF is amazing, btw. XD;; It'd be nice if you could randomise it every time, LOL.
CiciEnixa 9th Mar 2015, 2:39 PM edit delete reply
CiciEnixa
I figured Ren's buff would be stronger, but you know what? I still vote for Nemi. She'll pull through this. She HAS to! The same for Mike, though I feel Mike's going to have to make a really tough decision to pull it off.

On a lighter note, wouldn't it be hilarious if Ren accidentally cast Eagle Wings on Nemi, so that now she has double the buffs and Sho's just like "Ah crap... how did he MISS?!"
mjkj 9th Mar 2015, 4:20 PM edit delete reply
mjkj
Yup, I take my five and raise ten for Nemi ^_^


*lol* that would be great :)

rufiangel 9th Mar 2015, 11:17 PM edit delete reply
rufiangel
Oh dear... XD;;; it's a mark of how much people blindly believe in Nemi that she's still getting the bets! Go Nemi, pool that moolah!
rufiangel 9th Mar 2015, 11:16 PM edit delete reply
rufiangel
Ever heard of a TPK, Cici? XD;; It's the RPG term for 'Total Party Kill', when the GM manages to wipe out the entire party...

Why would I mention that? No reason~

And that WOULD be hilarious XD; I think somehow the idea that Ren would make a mistake in itself amuses me more than anything. It would be like '*awkward silence* ....' and then he would pretend that didn't happen and recast on Sho again XDDD
mjkj 10th Mar 2015, 12:27 AM edit delete reply
mjkj
Yeah, I hope the dice fall in Nemi's favor...
Jarvi 9th Mar 2015, 5:41 PM edit delete reply
Jarvi
Focus Cain! Focus! Too many thoughts at once!
rufiangel 9th Mar 2015, 11:17 PM edit delete reply
rufiangel
Absolutely! XD;;; Good thing there isn't such thing as a Cleric Control Failure, that would be hilariously inane. XDDD;;; "Oh noes, his heals are out of control! AH STOP HEALING EVERYONE STOP"
CiciEnixa 10th Mar 2015, 12:38 AM edit delete reply
CiciEnixa
... Somehow my brain registered this as not a bad thing because my brain understood this as "OMG everyone is so HEALTHY this is the most AMAZEBALLS thing ever!!!"
rufiangel 10th Mar 2015, 2:12 AM edit delete reply
rufiangel
XD;;; Well, I s'pose that's fair enough LOL
KAM 9th Mar 2015, 6:53 PM edit delete reply
KAM
8-o
rufiangel 9th Mar 2015, 11:18 PM edit delete reply
rufiangel
Yep! XD;
MST3KFan 9th Mar 2015, 7:16 PM edit delete reply
MST3KFan
So many things to concentrate on at the same time can't be good for Cain. O_o Nervous Breakdown Imminent!
rufiangel 9th Mar 2015, 11:18 PM edit delete reply
rufiangel
Ehehehe, to be fair, these are all things any cleric should be able to keep track of when supporting a party. You'll notice Ren has no trouble. ;)
TheD-Wrek 9th Mar 2015, 7:48 PM edit delete reply
TheD-Wrek
Oh, my... poor Cain. I belive in Nemi though! <3 She's got this. XD
rufiangel 9th Mar 2015, 11:20 PM edit delete reply
rufiangel
Cain is feeling a little discombobulated, that's for sure XD;;

Nemi continues to get the bets! Man, if anyone bets for Sho now, they'd make a killing if this turns out to be a TPK. XD;;;;
TheD-Wrek 9th Mar 2015, 11:58 PM edit delete reply
TheD-Wrek
Also puts some money on SHO on the side just in case cause you're making me suspicious... lol. But Go Nemi! XD
MizuNoRyuu 10th Mar 2015, 12:00 AM edit delete reply
MizuNoRyuu
Dangit Cain. I used to play priests/clerics all the time online (I have a sob story why I do, but that's for another time. XD)... Y'gotta focus on the party right then and there and NEVER STOP HEALING. SPAM IT. Don't let anyone die, you have ONE job Cain. ONE.

... Dangit, I wanna go play a videogame now.
rufiangel 10th Mar 2015, 2:13 AM edit delete reply
rufiangel
Let's hear the sob story Mizu! XD;; And lol, I always want to play videogames ;w;
MizuNoRyuu 10th Mar 2015, 5:51 AM edit delete reply
MizuNoRyuu
XD... Think I'ma jump on League after this...

But anyways. If you wanna hear it... My second MMORPG (not first mind you :o) was ROSE Online. I was playing with two friends, and we got to the second town which is surrounded by mobs. We wandered around to train on the mobs and well... T_T Let's just say I wasn't used to mobs aggroing on players. I was surrounded by 5 hornets and they stabbed me to death. One of my friends was trying to save me cuz I was pretty much crying in chat. My other friend was nowhere to be found, and was just killing mobs on his own (mind you we were in a party, I'm sure we could see each other on the map)...

... Ever since that death I've vowed not to let my friends or myself die in game... so I've always played the healing bitch or support class. Oddly enough, I tried to shed that persona when I started playing League, but I'm still a support player. @_@... I prefer teamwork above all else. :3
rufiangel 10th Mar 2015, 10:40 AM edit delete reply
rufiangel
Awwww. XD;; *pat pat pat* There, there... we've all been there at some point. (That traumatic moment you get surrounded by mobs and die as your friends leave you, that is.)

I really like support classes! They're awesome. :D <3 I'm not too into the massive dps dealer classes. It's probably a personality thing so it sounds like we're pretty similar XD *high five!*
Spelledeg 10th Mar 2015, 12:23 AM edit delete reply
Spelledeg
This page hurtsss because the situation keeps getting worse.(I don't think it'll get better any time soon either) I BET THEY'RE GONNA GET CAPTURED :(

...or worse.
(I'm also waiting for Kylie to show up after having beat Madou to a pulp though, so there's that)

THIS PAGE IS GORGEOUS..but Awww Rufi D: my heart </3
rufiangel 10th Mar 2015, 2:15 AM edit delete reply
rufiangel
*puts fluffy gauze around Spellu's heart* >___>

This was a stacked deck from the start, so some things have to break, yes. >_< Kind of in a good way, but mostly in a bad way.

And thank you Spellu <3 I'm happy to hear to page works~! XD;; *Though I am sorry about the sads*
Matt Knab 10th Mar 2015, 3:53 AM edit delete reply
Matt Knab
Oh god, that last panel is pretty close to what would go through my head right before calling a wipe. Except...they don't really have that option, haha.
rufiangel 10th Mar 2015, 10:41 AM edit delete reply
rufiangel
Ehehehe... They don't? XD *whistles innocently*
Sanluris 10th Mar 2015, 11:59 AM edit delete reply
Sanluris
Sometimes I think I'd want to be the healer in a party, but I think healers have to have several things:

1.) Aptitude
2.) Resistance to stress
3.) Quick-thinking
4.) Ability to multi-task
5.) More aptitude
6.) General hardcore-ness

I don't really have any of those (in the case of aptitude, it was about certain subjects in school). I'm not just being hard on myself--I can't take pressure, I can't think fast and I can't juggle very many thoughts or orders at once. I crack like a nut. I never was good at math or science for those reasons.

There's one thing I don't have, though: a curse (although I've often considered my brain issues to be a malediction).
I think Cain has those things I listed, but even so, the curse is probably probably going to make things many times harder than they already are. Also, people can only deal with so much. I'm thinking back to that page where Cain was using too much of his magic so he could make some kind of enchanted item for Mike and his friend, and Cain's arms started bleeding. That's not fine and dandy outside of battle, but during a battle? Nahp.

Since I usually come up with the worst outcome for situations, I'm thinking (but hoping not) that Cain and Co. will be beaten, and Cain will get taken away, or Cain will give himself up. Considering what I know about him, the latter seems more likely...not because he simply gave up, but because he wouldn't want his friends to get hurt...though I'd understand if they lost. It happens...it just sucks hard when the winners are the antagonists.
rufiangel 11th Mar 2015, 3:25 PM edit delete reply
rufiangel
Oh for sure, really good healers are set apart from the mediocre ones based on all those things, yep! :)

Cain's curse is greatly lessened since chapter one, so he has that going for him. :P It is definitely still tough going, though...!

Thanks for your comment!! :D
Chris the Blue 10th Mar 2015, 5:58 PM edit delete reply
Chris the Blue
Ah, God, the struggles of being a white mage.
rufiangel 11th Mar 2015, 3:25 PM edit delete reply
rufiangel
Indeed. It's hard to be a really good one! >_<)o
Lukkai 11th Mar 2015, 12:33 AM edit delete reply
The good thing is, Cain is way too busy to start panicking right now.
Of course he could still simply collapse from exhaustion. Especially if his curse starts acting up.
Gotta wonder how Ren would react to that, seeing Cain pretty much going down the self-sacrifice way.
(Leela would obviously be laughing her ass off. Sho I don't know.)

Also, Nemi can keep Sho at bay as of yet. Just so. But unless he makes a bad mistake (not likely), she won't be able to go on the offensive herself. So she'll need some quick thinking or luck if she wants to pull through here.
Don't know if Sho would absolutely go for the kill or settle for incapacitated as long as Cain is put out of the picture. Probably depends on what presents itself as the easier and quicker solution.

Also I just rolled a die and got a 26.
What do you mean, I can't use my D30?
rufiangel 11th Mar 2015, 3:27 PM edit delete reply
rufiangel
Cain's curse hasn't acted up since Chapter One, so this would definitely be a bad time for it to start. I'm sure he's hoping it doesn't. >_>

I just suddenly thought of a potential body-swap episode between Leela and Sho. That would be... wow. XD;;

Good analysis! Though I'd probably say, Cain has to keep up if Nemi's going to keep Sho at bay; otherwise, with Sho slightly faster... >_>
Lukkai 11th Mar 2015, 12:36 AM edit delete reply
On that note: Nemi might yet become a true Sho stopper. ;)
rufiangel 11th Mar 2015, 3:28 PM edit delete reply
rufiangel
Oh, so that's what you rolled a d30 for, to see how much damage you'd inflict with that pun. Yes, 26 points of damage sounds about right. XD
Lukkai 11th Mar 2015, 11:29 PM edit delete reply
And what is our dear assassin's favourite pastime?

Well, going Sho'pping of course!
HeSerpenty 12th Mar 2015, 2:01 PM edit delete reply
HeSerpenty
POOR CAINY! D:
This is NOT a situation a newbie wants to find himself in! D:!!
I'm still holding out for that impressive final moment where he shines through after...nnnot doing that XDD..the whole rest of the time!
rufiangel 12th Mar 2015, 10:42 PM edit delete reply
rufiangel
XD;; Ahahaha, I hope it comes >____>;;;

For the most part, though Cain is still growing, it is my hope he actually does develop past his newbie stage eventually. How soon that happens though is anyone's guess XD;;;